YearofHandmade

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Is it that time already? January 23, 2010

It’s crazy to think that my beautiful little sweet pea will be nine in a few short months (April!!!) and that I have to start on her present right away.  Also on my mind is Valentine’s Day and Easter ~ time flies!  With that in mind I’ve picked out a few projects to start on.

For her birthday I am going to make her a “magical” lap quilt (4ftx4ft) using the Heather Ross Far Far Away “kit” from Alewives.  These days she is really getting into fairy tales and she wants to redo her bedroom to make it more grown up.  I figure she can put it on her bed with her purple duvet cover at the foot and then paint her walls soft green and I can sew up some matching curtains.  We’ll also have to find a new border for her walls…but I’ll let her pick that out herself…she is becoming quite opinionated these days (ha, ha whomever does she get that from?)

I found the cutest Valentine’s project on Sew Mama Sew ~ it is Jessica Casa’s “Something Special Card” tutorial.  She uses fabric to create a valentine (complete with a hand stitched message) with an envelope.  I will definitely make one for DH and R.   I love her blog JCasa*handmade she has some great crafty tutorials and free downloads.

As for Easter, I love putting together themed basket and this year I am inspired by the book “Fantastic Mr. Fox” by Roald Dahl.  I ordered the Semi-fantastic Mr. Fox Sewing pattern and Materials Kit in red from Bird and Little Birds’s Etsy shop.  The only bummer about this is that the Easter Bunny gets credit for making the doll.  Of course the book will be in the basket along with some other foxy goodies that I come across between now and then.

Oh and I can’t forget to mention that I finished my sweets mats yesterday!  It’s amazing how quickly the second batch whip up.  Note to self “Don’t pick a new project for each gift…make multiples to hand out as it is much quicker!”

Off to enjoy my weekend and the yummy pecan cinnamon rolls I have baking in the oven =0)  Hope yours is a great one!

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